Safe travels everyone! Have a MAGICAL day!
Today is the day! We are Disney bound come 2:00 this afternoon. I am beyond words excited about heading to Walt Disney World for my 5th Princess Half Marathon weekend. This is the weekend that we have all spent countless hours getting ready for - training, creating costumes, planning our trips, etc.
Our family's costume reveals will be happening on here over the next 3 days (5K will be shared Thursday, 10K on Friday, and 1/2 marathon on Saturday). Be sure to check out our costumes and make sure to come say hi to us if you see us over the weekend - we would love to meet you! Having FOMO? While I can't take you along with me, I will be posting pictures and updates of the weekend on Instagram and Twitter so feel free to follow along in the fun!
I wish everyone a very magical time this weekend! Whether you are running the 5K, all 3 races, or cheEARing, it is bound to be a great time. Remember, it is only as magical as you let it be, so sit back, relax, and enjoy it!
Safe travels everyone! Have a MAGICAL day!
Disclaimer: A HUGE thanks to the team at StrideBox for allowing me to review their subscription box service. While I did receive a box to review, no other compensation was received. As always, I keep it real and all thoughts are strictly my own.
Fitness and health products can be very tricky at times to find out what works best for you. Rather than going and dropping serious cash on products that you quickly find out that you can't stomach or don't work well for you, StrideBox lets you try various products each month before you decide to purchase large quantity packages of new products.
While every product might not be the best fit for you, you can typically find a friend that might want to try it out instead. The best part about StrideBox is that it is just $19.95/month and you can cancel your subscription any time if you find that you aren't enjoying your box.
Each month when I receive my StrideBox, I am honestly like a kid on Christmas morning. I absolutely cannot wait to rip into my box and see what kind of goodies await me.
One of the cool features of StrideBox is that each box comes with a "Stride Guide" inside. This guide gives you a breakdown of the products as well as information such as when to use the products in your workout/run and the retail price. To be honest, I typically ignore the "Stride Guide" until I am done unloading the box so I don't ruin the surprise.
It is time to dig into this month's StrideBox and check out the goods!
One final thing included this month's StrideBox was a card with a recipe for No Bake Lemon Coconut Energy Bites from Becca at Rabbit Food Runner and a great Stretch Strap Workout to use with your stretch strap in this month's box. This was definitely a nice little bonus to check out and I cannot wait to try both of these out soon - that workout looks AMAZING!
As I mentioned earlier, not every sample is going to be something that directly fits your life and likes. However, I really like the concept behind subscription boxes because you can try new things that you might not have known about before. StrideBox does a great job providing various products for pre-run, during, and post-run needs. The products included are definitely geared towards runners and other athletes and are a great fit for you and your fitness goals.
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried a subscription box? What kind of products would you like to see in an upcoming StrideBox?
Disclaimer: As an ambassador for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K I was provided a Publix gift card to purchase my ingredients and a gift card to give away.
Food is fuel for humans though, and when you are running and working out, being properly fueled is critical. The term "carb-loading" is often used by runners when talking about increasing their carbohydrate intake prior to a long run. As I prepare for the Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon on April 7, my runs are longer and my body is needing to be geared up and ready to go.
I am by no means a chef or foodie. I can bake like crazy, but cooking just isn't my thing. Ironically, I LOVE watching the Food Network and other cooking programs and there are days that I really wish I could get into cooking, but I am just on the go so much that crazy long prepping and cooking just isn't how I use my time.
There is only so many times you can just throw some spaghetti and meatballs together or order a pizza the night before your long run. It is time to get creative - yet be time efficient and save money. Did you know that Publix have these really cool things called Apron Simple Meals? If you aren't familiar with them, basically they are racks in various sections of the store (mine has them in the front of the store, in the meat department, and in the produce department) that have a variety of easy to make meal ideas on them. Basically, recipes so easy that even I can do them! With few ingredients, minimal steps, and color photos, these are basically "Brandi-proof".
What is really cool is that Publix has now integrated their Apron Simple Meals into their app so you can easily plan ahead and search for recipes by categories or name, save recipes to your favorites or "to make", add items to your shopping list, and even add items to your Instacart purchase (if available in your area).
Since pasta is my go to pre-race and long-run meal of choice, new pasta recipes is always something I am looking for (just not before race day). I found a pretty awesome three-cheese pasta bake to try out - I mean, pasta and cheese in one delightful dish?
Between the awesome Publix BOGO (buy one, get one free) sales, promotions, coupons, and more, I was able to get my the meal together for under $10 along with some chicken for protein.
A huge thank you to Publix Aprons Easy Meals for helping to create a satisfying meal for me and my family! To be honest, it is soooooo easy! The Publix Aprons Easy Meals make it that anyone can create a great, home cooked meal easily and inexpensively.
Cooking doesn't have to be hard. With a little guidance and finding the right recipe for your time frame and taste, you can go a long way. Now if I can just get my skill set to those like the kids on some of these cooking shows that I watch! HAHA!
Thanks to Publix, I have a $25 Publix gift card to give away to one lucky reader to help you fuel up and get race day ready! Simply enter below:
Entries will be accepted from 7:30am EST February 19, 2018 until 7:30am EST February 26, 2018. Winner will be selected on the morning of Monday, February 26, 2018 via Rafflecopter and will be contacted via the email address associated with their Rafflecopter account.
The winner will have 24 hours to claim the prize or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. The $25 Publix gift card will be mailed March 3, 2018 pending confirmation of winning.
Sorry, this giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.
Don't forget, Publix Savannah Women's Half Marathon and 5K is coming up on Saturday, April 7, 2018! If you haven't registered yet - what they heck are you waiting for?!?! Hop over to www.savannahwomenshalf.com and register TODAY! Use code FUNRUN18 to save 15% off your registration (valid on half marathon and 5K).
Question of the Day: What is your go to pre-race meal?
As if packing for a vacation isn't stressful enough, packing for a race-cation is even more overwhelming at times. As I start to pack for Princess Half Marathon weekend, I wanted to share a few tips that may make your packing a little less stressful.
1. Always, always, always carry your race gear with you on the plane!
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT put your race clothes, shoes, and other gear in your checked bag. Sure, you may have never had a bag get lost by the airline, but do you really want the first time to have your shoes in it when traveling for a race? I didn't think so. If you are traveling for a longer period of time that will require a checked bag, I recommend checking the stuff that can easily be replaced like clothes for the vacation part of your trip and putting the critical items (shoes, fuel, clothes, gear, etc) in a carry-on bag. Just make sure you put those gels in your 3-1-1 liquids bag!
2. Make sure you have your shoes.
Yes, it sounds silly, but I have had friends go on a run the night before leaving for their trip and left their shoes at home or in a gym locker. My worst nightmare for sure. I was introduced to the Klitch Footwear Clip a few years ago and I love it. The Klitch is is shoe holder that can clip onto the outside of your gym/running bag, suitcase, etc. It is perfect for traveling and I always use mine on racecations.
If running multiple races, I recommended laying out and packing your race stuff by race. I layout my shirts, shorts, skirts, socks, etc for each race and then use drawstring bags to travel with. This makes hotel life a lot easier as everything I need for each race is already together, so I just grab my bag and I am ready to rock!
I hope that these packing tips help make for a more magical time for you at the Princess Half Marathon weekend. Remember, you have trained hard to get here, enjoy each moment and step of the weekend. Whether you are running the 5K, Fairy Tale Challenge, or anything in between, you have a lot to celebrate!
It was just yesterday that we were panicking trying to get registered for Princess Half Marathon weekend 2018 - where did time go!?!? Next week thousands of princesses (and a few smart and lucky princes) will be pounding the pavement on a 13.1 mile journey through Walt Disney World.
This will be my 6th Princess Half Marathon (and 5th Fairy Tale Challenge, formally known as Glass Slipper Challenge), and I am as excited as ever for the weekend. Momma K and I have spent many cold and windy mornings training for this weekend. It is to a point where it seems like Princess weekend and WDW are the only things that we talk about right now. To celebrate the final few days before Princess Half Marathon weekend 2018 kicks off, here is a look back at a few highlights of the past five years:
In 2013 I spent a lot of time waiting in character lines for pictures - like 15+ minutes for the pirates, and another 10-15 minutes for the princes (the pictures were so worth it). While I went solo in 2013, it was still an absolutely magical and amazing weekend!
In 2014, I paced Momma K to completing her first half marathon which was one of the most magical memories of my life! You only get one first half marathon, and I think she would agree with me by saying that it was one of the most memorable days of her life.
The 2015 Princess Half Marathon weekend was Frozen themed. In keeping with the theme we dressed as Anna and Elsa with our sidekick Olaf along with us. This was a huge one for Momma K as she PRed by about 10 minutes that morning.
2016 was definitely a half marathon of highs and lows. We were rocking our way through the course when Momma K found the only pothole on Disney property in front of Grand Floridian at mile 6.5. Don't worry though, a gashed up knee didn't damper our fun. Sure we walked the last 6 miles, but we were having a blast! That is what runDisney is really about!
2017 was one of the best years EVER! We didn't have any unexpected drama (like Momma K's tumble of 2016) and we just spent 13.1 glorious miles laughing and enjoying time with friends old and new. It was everything that I could possibly ever want for my Princess Half Marathon experience and that is all I could ask for.
Now it is time to get your final costume preparations done, the last training runs logged, and get ready to head to Walt Disney World! Get your tiaras ready friends, it is time to go to DISNEY!
Question of the Day: What was your first 1/2 Marathon? If you haven't ran one, what was your most memorable race?
A little more than a week from now, thousands of runners will be flocking to the Wide World of Sports Complex for the start of the 2018 Princess Half Marathon weekend expo!
It is no secret that I love going to race expos. Race expos can tend to be a little overwhelming for runners, especially if it is your first large race. Remember, race weeks should be fun so here are a few tips to help make your expo experience a little more magical.
1. If race merchandise is important to you - go the first day if possible.
As with any expo, merchandise is limited and runDisney is no exception. Thousands of runners eager to purchase official race merchandise and other limited edition merchandise. In addition to runners, there are unfortunately people looking to purchase limited edition merchandise to resell at a high premium.
Lines tend to start forming early for entry to the expo, so remember that the early bird gets the worm. If you cannot get to the expo first thing, don't worry, there will still be merchandise left however sizes and styles will become limited as time goes on. If you have a friend going to the expo earlier than you, you can perhaps have them pick up the things you just have to have. I highly recommend going to the race merchandise area as soon as possible though if you wish to get any - remember your bib will not go anywhere.
2. Have your waiver and ID ready.
Make sure you print up your waiver before you leave for the weekend. While you can print up a copy of your waiver at the expo, doing so can waste precious expo time. Your ID is vital in packet pick-up - a lot of major races require a photo ID in order to pick up your bib. (NOTE: runDisney does NOT allow participants to pick up a bib on someone's behalf)
3. Pinpoint exhibitors that you want to visit.
runDisney posts the official event guide on the race website a few weeks before race weekend. While this year's vendor list is not listed in the event guide just yet, I always make sure to scope out the vendor list. I first go through and mark the vendors that I am already familiar with and want to check out their booth for new product and/or expo specials. Make sure you keep an eye on your favorite vendors' social media outlets for potential expo specials and/or giveaways.
Next, I do some research on other vendors that I am not familiar with and mark them on the expo map if they have a product I might be interested in (remember, NO NEW GEAR/FUEL ON RACE DAY THOUGH!). While I still walk through the entire expo, having a plan of attack helps me make sure that I see all the vendors I want.
4. Set a budget.
Yes, you might be on vacation, but that is not an excuse to overspend. While it is tempting to buy all the merchandise, it can get expensive...QUICKLY! Look at merchandise previews (if available) and see what items you would use the most. My typical splurge is a race jacket - I wear them all the time in the winter and usually have one at my desk for when the office is cool.
5. Bring snacks and drinks.
You will likely spend a little bit of time browsing the expo, so make sure you bring a light snack and your water bottle. You are here to run a race, so you want to make sure you are staying hydrated even while at the expo.
6. Use discounts.
There are different ways to save a few dollars at the expo, you just need to know how. In the official merchandise area, you can save on your purchase a few ways. If you are a AP, DVC, or Disney Visa member you can save on your official merchandise purchase (ask your cashier for specific details).
Did you know that you can pre-purchase Disney gift cards at some wholesale discount stores (such as Costco) at a discount? Disney gift cards can be used as payment at the official merchandise area at the expo as well as throughout the Walt Disney World resort on food, merchandise, etc. While these discounts might not be huge, every bit helps.
7. Take advantage of freebies.
There will be a lot of freebies at the expo - promotional items as well as photo opportunities. Make sure to take advantage of the free photos for sure! These are a great commemorative keepsake to remember your race weekend with.
8. HAVE FUN & BE KIND!
We are all here to have fun. Don't let the little things ruin your time. Yes, it is upsetting if you don't get the shirt you want because your size is sold out already, the line to check out is long, or it is crowded. We all want to continue our vacation adventures by going to the parks, hanging out the pool with our families, etc....be patient.
BE KIND, y'all! Be sweet to the cast members, vendors, and volunteers. They are here to make you have a great experience. Say thank you and smile - a true princess once said "have courage and be kind..."
Remember, have a MAGICAL time!
Question of the Day: What are you most looking forward to at the Princess Half Marathon expo?
Since we were already close to Atlanta, we stopped by the Hot Chocolate 15K expo on the way home from the Tartan Trot 5K on Saturday. We arrived at the Georgia World Congress Center right around 11am.
I love how Hot Chocolate 15K/5K really keeps the theme going all weekend and it starts when you enter the expo. Upon entering the expo hall, awesome volunteers hand you chocolate samples to get you ready for a 'sweet' time. Snacks? Yes, please.
The flow of the expo is very well done. When you enter the expo hall you first walk past the bib pick up. With the way the bibs are assigned (you get assigned to the bib number at pickup), you can go to any line. That means people like me who always end up with the longest line don't have to worry because you can pick any available line. You show you confirmation email, they scan the barcode, a sticker prints out and is placed on the bib, and BAM! Congrats, you now have your bib and are on your way!
New to the Hot Chocolate Race 15K/5K Series for 2018 is the Legacy Experience. Basically it is a tiered system that provides extra swag and perks to runners that have completed a certain number of consecutive years in a city. This is my 6th consecutive year running the Atlanta Hot Chocolate 15K/5K (which is all of the years it has been in Atlanta), so I qualified for the 5 year legacy swag. There was a booth off to the side of bib pickup for Legacy runners to collect their swag (you could also collect your swag on race morning if you wish).
Ok, seriously, Hot Chocolate 15K/5K has some of the best swag (more on that in my race recap) which gives participants some pretty sweet sweatshirts! The next part of the expo that you go through is the goodie bag pickup with was very quick to go through. You simply go up to the gender and size that you registered for (marked on your bib) and collect your goodie bag. The final stop in the packet pickup is the sweatshirt exchange area. There are samples of all the sizes available to try on and exchange if needed. This is pretty awesome because with ladies' sizing things never seem to fit properly when you select a size. I am super thankful that they have a swap area that is so super easy - trust me, you want your jacket to fit!
Things were a little hectic here. While my quarter zip fit nicely, others were not so lucky. There were so many people needing to size up, that there were no more women's size large, X-large, or XX-large left for exchange. Basically there was a line of upset runners waiting for someone to bring back a large, X-large, or XX-large, and exchange it for a smaller size (or just trade with them in line).
After going through the packet pickup process, you were now free to go shopping and check out different vendors in the expo hall. I was really disappointed in the size of the remainder of the expo. It was soooo tiny. They had a HUGE expo hall but only had about 15 booths set up within the space (which half I am still trying to figure out how they are really running related). Hey, that means I didn't spend any money in the expo - except that $15 parking fee....
As you exited the expo area, you were given another little taste of chocolate before heading out. Chocolate dipped cookies? OF COURSE! That bit of gooey goodness couldn't get in my belly fast enough. Seriously, expo-ing is tough, and the snack was greatly appreciated.
Expo is done. Time to get ready for 15K tomorrow morning! The weather looks to be cold and rainy so this could be a crazy 9.3 miles for sure tomorrow. I have been through a lot of crazy weather already in 2018, so let's just see what happens.
It is race morning! The forecast looked just as horrible for today as what it did when I went to bed (if not worse. Layers were going to be key - have a wicking baselayer and use waterproof/water-resistant outer layers. I packed up my rain gear (ponchos and visors), but we were hopeful for a drier morning than forecasted.
We pre-purchased parking at the Blue and it was an easy-peasy entrance into the lot. We got there just around 6:15am with very little traffic or delays. Those that arrived after us were not so fortunate and things backed up quite a bit. WIth so many runners being vocal on social media about bailing out on the race due to the weather, I could not imagine what the parking and traffic situation would have been like with full attendance.
We headed out of the car a bit before 7:00 to head to the start line area (we had to be in the corral by 7:30). It was 35 with a windchill of 28 and rain and there was no sign of it warming up or drying up any time during the race. We could have bailed out, but we committed to doing this and I needed the miles, so here we are. As we sat in the car, I was getting crazy upset with people on social media demanding refunds and wanting their finisher medals mailed to them. I get that running in the cold rain is horrible and can be a recipe for illness, but I made the decision to press on...
Today's race had a 15K and 5K. There were two waves of corrals (determined by your estimated pace). All of the 15K runners started in the first wave of corrals (along with some 5K) which the second wave was 5K. Each corral went off about 3 minutes after the last one, so our wait wasn't too long. In theory, you were to line up in your specific wave and corral. With the weather being so horrific, quite a number of volunteers seemed to have bailed on shifts leaving minimal support pre race and many runners just didn't care about the system and decided to start whenever they wanted. Yes, I get that the weather is cruddy and no one wants to stand around in the rain, but the first corrals were "preferred corrals" that required specific paces (and proof of time), so it created a bit of a safety hazard at the start.
The first half of a mile or so was a little congested as the 5K and 15K runners all started together (and the for the reason I just discussed). With the most of the first half of a mile being straight up hill, a lot of people fell of fast. We lost a lot of the crowd at this point as a large majority of the runners were running the 5K. We stayed to the right and continued on the 15K course.
Our course the Hot Chocolate 15K would have goodies on course for you. At certain water stations, sweet treats like marshmallows or chocolate morsels were ready for you. Just a word of advice, if you aren't used to something, don't try it on race day. I feel like more people passed up the sweet treats this year due to the weather. I mean, what part of wet marshmallows sounds tasty?
The course was full of hills as expected - hello Atlanta. However, I feel like the course was hillier and less forgiving than what the course elevation map made it look to be. With all of the various race courses that I have ran downtown, I have probably covered 90% of the race course before and a lot of it was similar to the 2017 course (just in different overs).
The rain kept coming down on us and the streets were flooded in some parts. As you charged your way up the hills of Atlanta you found yourself battling gallons of water flowing down the hill against you. Overflowing storm drains and even a completely flooded intersection that caused use to have to reroute on the sidewalk around were signs of how hard this rain was.
The rain finally started to let up and was a light drizzle when I hit the mile 8.5 mark. By then the damage was done. All you could really do is just laugh at how stupid this weather was.
Over 9.5 miles later my very much earned bling was around my neck and a PR! Yes, the course was about 1/4 mile long which was pretty much spot on until mile 8 when we did a random little .1 mile out and back.
I met up with Momma K just after crossing the finish line. She was a trooper and waited about 30 minutes for me in the merchandise tent (trying to stay warm) after she finished the 5K.
Now it was time for what we came here for - CHOCOLATE! We headed over to the Finisher Mug area to redeem our bib tag for our chocolate reward. The process went super smoothly and once again the volunteers were beyond amazing. Despite being out in the cold rain for hours serving up chocolate for several hours, they were still smiling and happily putting bowls into bags for runners with numb hands so we could take them to our warm cars to eat.
Here it is folks - our finisher mug reward! Hot chocolate (yes, it was nice and hot), fondue, and various dipping fixin's (banana, marshmallows, Rice Krispy, cookies, and pretzels) - it was all amazingly good. Since it was just so miserable out, I just wanted to get warm. A huge thank you to the volunteers for offering bags so we could take our chocolate bowls back to the car with us. I will say that my cup of hot chocolate was basically gone though by the time I got back to the car though as I tried to warm up.
While I was running the cold and rain didn't bother me much. My feet were wet and my shoes felt like concrete blocks, but I was pushing through just fine. As soon as we got to the car my body temperature bottomed out and I was absolutely frigid to the core. I couldn't stop shaking and ended up curled up in a blanket in the car crying because my hands hurt so much. It honestly felt like shards of glass were in every part of my hands. All I know is that I earned that medal, chocolate and jacket!
Check this out - Hot Chocolate 5K/15K doesn't do race shirts they give out jackets. Seriously - how many race shirts just end up in a drawer only to be warn a handful of times (if that). This is my 6th Hot Chocolate 5K/15K race and their race swag is always great! These quarter-zips are legit and totally nice and toasty! This will definitely get its fair share of wear - especially if this cold and wet winter sticks around longer.
The 15K finisher medal was also awesome as always. This year it reminded me of the Golden Ticket Wonka Bars. The Hot Chocolate 15K medals definitely stand out in my medal collection.
I also earned some extra swag for being a Legacy Runner. For being a 5+ consecutive year runner I received a Legacy beanie, pin, frame, commemorative bib and medal. Pretty sweet! Honestly, keeping my Legacy status is another reason that got me to that start line.
Thank you again to the team at Hot Chocolate 5K/15K, volunteers, and emergency personnel that made this morning possible and froze along side of us. I really appreciate all that you did to make the morning great. See ya next year - hopefully for a drier and warmer race!
I don't know if it is because I am a total pre-planner or the excitement of heading to Walt Disney World (or both), but it is time for me to start packing for Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend. I have a few busy few days leading up to leaving for Florida, so I am starting to layout and organize some of my stuff for Disney. I am a list person for sure, especially when packing. Here is a list of some of the most important things to pack for your race-cation.
Race information (expo times, expo layout, etc)
Shoes (multiple pairs for multiple races)
Throw away clothes or garbage bag (great for cold/wet weather)
Sparkly Soul Headbands
Handheld bottle/Hydration belt
Bib holder/Race Belt
iPod (and charger)
Garmin/watch (and charger)
Pre-race food (banana, power bar, etc)
Fuel - Gu, chews, etc
KT Tape (make sure to precut your strips or have scissors)
Foam Roller/The Stick
Travel first aid kit
Gallon bags for icepacks
Plastic bag for dirty race clothes (or use gear check bag)
Bathing Suit (if doing pool time)
Cell phone charger
Portable cellphone charger
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, etc)
Yes, race-cation packing can be stressful. Just make your list and check it twice. Remember that a lot of what you might need can be purchased at your destination in a worst case scenario, but certain things cannot be easily replaced and those are your absolute MUST NOT FORGETS!
I ran my first Tartan Trot 10K a few years ago and ran it the past few years. While there is a 5K as well, I had never ran it as I always used it as a half marathon training run. Yes, it is a fairly tough course in parts, but it is a really great and well organized race and one that I really enjoy.
With a 15K tomorrow, I decided to take things a little easier this year and run the 5K instead of the 10K. Even though I haven't ran a 10K in what seems like FOREVER, I wanted to conserve some of my legs for tomorrow.
Since kilts and tartans are encouraged at this race, it pretty much goes without saying that my INKnBURN Brave skirt was a huge hit. Yes, is isn't an official kilt, but it really fit with the theme of the race.
One of my absolute favorite things about this is race is that the runners are able to stay inside of the church until right before the race (and indoor restrooms). This is awesome because the weather in February can be so unpredictable. While it was completely frigid this morning, it was still a little chilly, so being indoors before and after the race was much appreciated.
5K and 10K runners headed out to the start line around 8:15. One of the most unique parts to this race is the sounds of bagpipes being played as the runners start to congregate at the start line and the National Anthem.
Around 800-900 runners lined up for the 8:30am start and right on time we took off...always a HUGE plus in my eye.
The 5K and 10K runners take off together and stay together through about 1.3 miles into the route. There were about 900 runners between the two distances which meant a good amount of runners starting off at the same time. While it might seem like it would have been impossible to navigate through the crowd at first, it actually wasn't that bad. Most people did a great job positioning themselves in the starting area so there was not much 'tripping up' or bottlenecking.
After running the 10K the past few years, it was fun to try out a different course. As I made the right hand turn at mile 1.3, it was all new territory for me. While there were some hills, it was a very forgiving course. My first two miles were right on 5K PR pace and I only ended up missing my PR by about a minute which isn't shabby for a race that I wasn't pushing by any means.
After crossing the finish line, I headed into the church for a little bit to warm up and wait a little for Momma K to get closer to the finish line. When I knew that it was within a few minutes of her estimated finish, I headed back out to the finish and cheered on the 10K and 5K runners into the finish.
After Momma K finished, we both headed into the Great Hall in the church where vendors, light refreshments, tshirts, and awards were held. It was a nice and spacious area (and importantly, warm) that allowed runners to gather afterwards and enjoy time together post race.
Speaking of cake....how about in addition to a medal, age group winners also took home a tasty treat of their choice made by some of the wonderful church members! There were some BLAZING fast times out there today and I was not fast enough to score a cake, but boy did they look tasty for sure.
Seriously, this is a great race for sure. It is well supported and very well organized - just be prepared for some hills if you are doing the 10K. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Plus, if it were easy then everyone would do it. I really enjoyed switching things up and doing the 5K this year. Even though I tend to normally enjoy longer distances more than longer, I think this is one that I really liked the 5K more. It was a great course for sure. While it is not an "easy course" it is forgiving which is tough to find sometimes in Atlanta.
Thank you Tartan Trot for another great year! See you again in 2019!
Princess Half Marathon weekend 2018 is now just two weeks away! (***insert scream here***) We are starting our final preparations to head to Walt Disney World - costumes, wrapping up our training runs, and starting to get things together to pack.
The Enchanted 10K was a new addition to Princess weekend in 2014 which also added the Glass Slipper Challenge (10K on Saturday and 1/2 Marathon on Sunday)...newly renamed the Fairy Tale Challenge. The course for the Enchanted 10K mirrors the course for the WDW 10K during Marathon weekend. The race starts in the EPCOT parking lot and the first few miles are on the roads before you enter into EPCOT around mile 3.5. After running through World Showcase for a mile or so, runners head for a loop around Boardwalk. Running around Boardwalk is one of my favorite parts of the course because a lot of spectators are out cheering for runners as well as the occasional WDW visitor wondering what in the world is going on as they are heading to the bakery for some coffee. Finally, runners enter back into EPCOT's Future World before finishing in the EPCOT parking lot.
As we get ready for the final days and preparations for race weekend, let's take a look back at my past four years at the Enchanted 10K.
The Enchanted 10K was our first runDisney race as a family, so it holds a special place in our hearts to say the least. Here is a look back at our 2014 Enchanted 10K moments as 2 Belles and our "Princess Protector"
For the 2015 Enchanted 10K we went 'Under the Sea' as Ariel, Flounder, and our 'crabby' sidekick Sebastian. We had an absolute blast making our way through EPCOT and crossing the finish line as a family.
Last year Snow White spent 6.2 trying to outrun a sweet old lady that was insisting on sharing a snack with her. Lucky for Snow White, she kept her Prince near by, just in case!
Last year we went a non-princess route as Tigger and Piglet made their way through the 6.2 mile course and of course stopped in England to say hello to our friend Pooh and the rest of the gang! This just proves that you don't have to dress as a princess to be a part of the costuming fun during Princess Half Marathon weekend. ;-)
We are hard at work on wrapping up our training and of course our COSTUMES! Who will we be running as in 2018? Only time will tell! ;-)
Question of the Day: Do you have any special races (runDisney or not) that your family runs together?
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